One of the real highlights on the Left Bank, the 2005 Mouton Rothschild is a dark, potent Pauillac. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice and leather all take shape in the glass. The 2005 is a dense, powerful and explosive wine endowed with tremendous energy and pure power. The fruit is just starting to emerge, but Mouton remains a very tight, super-classic wine. With time in the glass, some of the natural richness and radiance of the year starts to emerge. Even so, the 2005 is still very young and closed. A few more years in bottle will only be beneficial. Impressive. Tasted two times.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045
Robert Parker 98
Technical Director/Chief Winemaker Philippe Dhalluin said this was a special year for him, because he considers it his first great vintageâ€”he started in 2004. Deep garnet with hint of brick, the 2005 Mouton Rothschild is evolving into unabashed, flamboyant notes of Christmas cake, plum preserves, chocolate-covered cherries, eucalyptus and creme de cassis with beautifully fragrant wafts of potpourri, incense, Indian spices and cigar box. Full-bodied, the palate performs vinous pirouettes with dazzling exotic spice, floral and earthy nuances, framed by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2055
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Harvested between 21 September and 6 October in ideal, dry weather conditions. When tasted in November 2009, Mouton exhibited beguiling aromas of menthol and Asian spices, with a massively concentrated, youthful palate (at that time, I scored it 18/20). The general view was that the bottle shown at Oeno wasn’t in perfect condition, seeming rather open-knit, developed in colour and with the oak standing out. Some fleshy dark-berry fruit and spice notes, a little overwhelmed by dominating acidity making this less pleasurable than expected. Seems to have matured more rapidly than the other first growths. (AWH)
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2040